Three Tips to Plan a Successful Grand Opening

Dittoe PR is no stranger to planning grand opening events. Between Broken Beaker Distillery, two CycleBar locations, six GetGo locations, Carmel’s Market District, Hickory House, and Broken English Taco Pub – among many others – we’ve got the process down pat.

 

When Chicago-famous taqueria Broken English Taco Pub decided to expand to Indianapolis, they had to not only find the perfect location but an Indianapolis public relations team to assist with grand opening planning and secure media coverage around the expansion to the Circle City. Assisting with everything from creating the guest list and sending invitations to coordinating a Facebook Live interview during the grand opening event, Dittoe PR did it all.

When planning for a grand opening event, keep the following tips in mind:

 

Set a goal. Is the goal to pack the house? Secure TV coverage? Work with key influencers? Once you know where the finish line is located, it’s much easier to start the marathon. Setting an overall goal will help keep the team’s eye on the prize during the planning process.

 

Outline the run-of-show. Keep everyone on track by creating a run-of-show document that will include all the key details, including contacts, timeline, media interviews, menus, entertainment, and more. The level of detail depends on the depth of the event, but collaborating with the team to ensure everything you need is in one place is integral to pulling off a successful event. Modifications can always be made, but having this prepared ahead of time relieves stress that will inevitably arise the day-of.

 

Give yourself plenty of time. There is a long list of steps that need to be accomplished to ensure the big day goes off without a hitch. Typically, grand openings can take weeks (or even months) to plan. By creating a time table for weekly tasks and checkpoints, it’s much easier to stay on track. Are there potential issues that might arise? Have your vendors signed contracts? Do you know who will field media interviews or check the guest list? Include these questions and details into your ever-evolving run-of-show to keep your team on track.

 

Have a grand opening coming up? Contact us for a consultation to find out how Dittoe PR can help!

We’re Hiring! Talented Account Executive Needed

Calling all PR pros! We have an immediate opening for an Account Executive position.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Dittoe Public Relations seeks a stellar Account Executive to join its team. Account Executives are responsible for developing and executing strategic public relations initiatives on behalf of the firm’s clients. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written), strong creativity, high energy and an outgoing personality. A strong emphasis is placed on media relations, strategic account management and client communication. We need self-starters and team players who enjoy spreading the word for the firm’s clients.

Limited travel is required for press tours, trade shows and client meetings. Preference will go toward those with at least two years of experience in public relations/media relations (agency experience is a plus). Salary will reflect level of experience and includes a great benefits package. Other perks include a gym membership, breakfast on Fridays, a weekly half-day work from home policy, summer flex hours, Wine Wednesdays, the “Wheel of Celebration” to celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries, breakfast/lunch & learns, unlimited vacation time and paid maternity/paternity leave.

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Responsibilities:

  • Manage proactive media relations efforts for target media (national, local and trade)
  • Work closely with senior account team members to implement objectives and strategies to achieve clients’ defined goals
  • Assist in content creation, such as press releases and advisories, thought leadership bylines, brand messaging, website content and more
  • Conduct and synthesize research, including media landscape and competitor analyses
  • Compile comprehensive measurement reports detailing public relations and media relations efforts and outcomes
  • Identify new opportunities to solve clients’ business problems and assist in the development of integrated, strategic public relations and social media campaigns
  • Guide clients through the execution of public relations strategy and maintain constant communication as a primary point of contact
  • Research industry trends, press lists and more
  • Assess and provide crisis communication expertise when necessary
  • Assist in event planning and coordination when needed
  • Commit to continuous learning and training opportunities
  • Supervise staff junior to you on projects, including Account Coordinators and seasonal interns
  • Contribute to the well-being, development and growth of the agency

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, marketing, English or a related field
  • At least two years of full-time, relevant experience in public relations or a related field (agency experience is a plus)
  • Smart, creative, assertive and innovative individual who thrives in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and willingness to collaborate with teams
  • Must be a talented and versatile writer with both creative and technical writing experience
  • Media relations experience with a successful track record of pitching and securing opportunities
  • Successful track record of developing strategic public relations and social media campaigns
  • Proven ability to manage multiple client accounts in a variety of industries
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Knowledge in social media, design, photography/videography are a plus

To apply, send your cover letter, resume with references, and writing samples to Greta Snell, Senior Account Manager, at greta[at]dittoepr.com. 

A SUBstantial Grand Opening for GetGo Cafe + Market

For many, driving to and from work, school, appointments, etc. has opened Pandora’s box to “sub”-par food decisions. However, a Pennsylvania chain is attempting to change the narrative that busy people can’t eat quick and fresh meals.

GetGo Cafe + Market, a convenient concept from multi-format food retailer Giant Eagle, offers a wide-ranging menu of made-fresh-to-order foods including custom-made subs, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, smoothies and expressos, and more.

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After adding a location in Carmel last October, the chain is continuing to expand into Central Indiana with the addition of four new Indianapolis-area locations. The expansion will create more than 150 jobs.

Dittoe PR was tasked with raising awareness about the expansion and did so in star-studded fashion.

Alongside the GetGo team, Dittoe PR helped plan and execute “sub-cutting” ceremonies and charitable sub-building challenges involving community members at two grand openings in Plainfield and Rockville Road in Indianapolis. Adding even more excitement, celebrity chef and renowned restaurateur Michael Symon joined in the grand opening celebrations.

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While Dittoe PR coordinated on-site media opportunities, Symon diced up subs and welcomed hungry customers at both locations. In total, Dittoe PR’s effort resulted in 22 media placements including the Indy Star, FOX59, WISH-TV, Indy Style, WIBC and RTV6 – with more to come. Within a couple days, media placements totaled more than 2 million impressions.

Interested in learning more about Dittoe PR’s work in restaurants and events? Request a consultation to learn more about how we can spread the word for your business.

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